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EC should probe poor turn out of voters, says BJP

india Updated: Apr 29, 2007 22:59 IST

Expressing serious concern at the low turn out of voters during successive phases of polling in Uttar Pradesh, BJP on Sunday urged the Election Commission to investigate as to how a large number of names of genuine voters failed to find mention in the voter's list.

"The responsibility of the EC is not only to ensure free and fair polling but also to see that no genuine voter is deprived of his right to vote. The commission should look into the reasons behind the low turn outs," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters in Lucknow.

Sinha, while congratulating the EC for ensuring peaceful voting, alleged that the sense of fear and terror did prevail at some places.

He urged the Commission to take notice of a Samajwadi Party candidate, seeking votes in the name of the dreaded dacoit Dadua in Chitrakoot district.

Sinha also referred to an alleged list of state civil service officers sent to the Centre for being promoted to IAS level which contained names of some "tainted" officials and also a "relation" of the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Action should be taken against the chief minister if the names were found to be sent after his permission, he demanded.

Sinha made it clear that the BJP would neither seek nor extend support to any party after the elections.

The BJP leader took strong exception to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's election speeches asking people to strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi.